KBIS 2024: Your Guide to Not-to-Miss Events and Programming
February 10, 2024
This article was originally published on February 5, 2024; it was updated on February 9, 2024.
KBIS 2024: Your Guide to Not-to-Miss Events and Programming
KBIS 2024: It’s almost showtime! Here is your guide to all the not-to-miss events and programming at the show, which takes place from 2/27-2/29.
Show Stops & Pertinent Programming
NEXTStage, South Hall
Head over to the stage for a host of engaging conversations from market disruptors to compelling subject matter experts in four curated tracks – Wellness, Sustainability, Business & Trends, Technology. New to KBIS 2024 will be a series of fireside chats with innovators and icons.
Photo credit: Emerald
DesignBites, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12:00-1:30 PM
As the ultimate product showdown, this program showcases the latest innovations and hottest designs in the kitchen and bath marketplace. Ten brands will compete on the KBIS NEXTStage for the Brand with the Biggest Bite honor. The audience will also be asked to vote live for the winner of the People’s Pick Award.
Best of KBIS, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4:00-5:00 PM
Taking place on the KBIS NEXTStage is the Best of KBIS Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Luxe. Brands will be competing for awards in several new categories. Each category will include a Gold and Silver winner, and the overall Best in Show award will be given to one winner only.
Kickstarter Zone, South Hall
We know you love your tried-and-true brands, but don’t miss out on the Kickstarter Zone, where you will discover new-to-market brands and first-time exhibitors at KBIS 2024. These brands will compete in the Kickstarter Competition, which is a “Shark Tank”-style contest that helps elevate the newcomers.
Luxury Lounge, North Hall
The Luxury Lounge, sponsored by Homethreads, will be a place for the architecture and design community, design media, influencers and high-end brands to explore luxury in the kitchen and bath. Located in the North Hall, the Lounge will provide an inviting oasis for conversation and host programming that explores the multifaceted meaning of “luxury”—from the concept of quiet or discreet luxury to the application of sustainability and technology in the ultra high net worth market.
The Plaza is the newest outdoor exhibits area at KBIS right outside South Hall. With a beer garden, food trucks, live product demos, music and lounge areas with fire pits, The Plaza offers a place to gather and an opportunity to see more products outdoors.
NKBA’s Voices from the Industry Conference
VFTI will feature more than 75 sessions in six learning tracks: Building & Remodeling, Business Management, Design, K&B Trends, Leadership and Marketing.
Global Connect, Booth: SL7015
With an ongoing mission to connect and grow the kitchen and bath industry globally, NKBA Global Connect curates International Delegation tours and an international pavilion at KBIS 2024.
NKBA Global Connect, in partnership with international organizations and associations, presents the International Pavilions Areas. Found in the North and South Halls, these spaces host innovative products and services from Germany, the UK and Brazil.
Outdoor Living Pavilion, South Hall
This will be a showcase of all things outdoor.
NKBA Booth: N2539
Stop by the NKBA booth to celebrate 60 years of KBIS with daily programming, insightful content and high-profile speakers.
Head to South Hall to experience the Discovery District and see the latest products from emerging and international brands. Stroll along Discovery District Highway as it leads to the Discovery District, where you will find even more products to uncover from must-see brands in addition to a sprawling food court.
KBIS 2024 Hot Happenings
Photo credit: Emerald
Kitchen & Bath Design + Industry Awards/Opening Party, Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30-11:00 PM, Lafite Ballroom, Wynn Las Vegas
Find out who wins the Best Kitchen and Best Bath Awards at NKBA’s Professional Design Awards gala, the event that kicks off KBIS 2024. Get ready to cheer on the winners in a space that’s double the size of last year, with guaranteed seating for all in the Lafite Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas. You’ll also get a chance to salute the industry’s talented next gen winners of the Student Design Competition and applaud innovative showrooms. Afterward, stay and dance the night away at the official KBIS Opening Party. Tickets are available to KBIS badge holders for $150 and include both events and a buffet dinner with an open bar. Sponsored by: Miele, Material Bank, Cyncly, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Perlick and Kichler Lighting
DCW Opening Ceremonies Featuring Mat Franco, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Westgate – Lobby Level – Paradise Event Center
Best known as “the first magician to emerge in the winner’s circle of “America’s Got Talent” in 2014, Las Vegas-based phenomenon Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly is the headliner for the Design & Construction Week® Opening Ceremonies. Experience world-famous signature tricks, improvisation and surprises, making your first morning at DCW spectacular. This event is open to all KBIS attendees, and doors open at 7:00 a.m. Limited general seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Photo credit: Emerald
The Bash, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM, XS Nightclub, Encore Hotel
NKBA’s BASH returns to XS Nightclub at the Encore Hotel for the biggest and best party at KBIS. Relax and cut loose with fellow KBIS attendees at the most exclusive club in Las Vegas for a night filled with fun, music and, of course, dancing. Tickets are $40 per each KBIS badge holder, and doors open at 8:30 p.m. All guests must be 21 years of age.
NKBA State of the Association/State of the Industry, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, North Hall, LVCC: N109-N112 | Open to All
Join NKBA | KBIS Global President & CEO Bill Darcy as he gives his annual membership address followed by a powerhouse panel focusing on the future of real estate, housing and remodeling markets with experts from Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, John Burns Research and Consulting, Zillow Group and Zonda.
KBIS 60th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, NEXTStage | Open to All
Close out a great show by celebrating 60 years of KBIS with music, games, prizes and a champagne toast.
Favorite KBIS Things
Attendees share what’s at the top of their list to see and do.
“KBIS is an experience like no other in the industry! Each year, I look forward to seeing the latest designs, product demonstrations and state-of-the-art innovations in the kitchen and bath industry that I can incorporate into my projects. Meeting up with my design colleagues from across the country, speaking with the product reps and creating new connections is so inspiring and energizing!” Photo credit: Sandy Kavalier
— SHERYL STEINBERG, PRESIDENT & PRINCIPAL, SHERYL STEINBERG INTERIOR DESIGN
“I am most looking forward to spending a couple of days offsite with some of our team members to explore new products and processes. The show always spurs innovative thought and injects a little extra energy into the team.”
— LOU SALGE, VICE PRESIDENT & OWNER, FOUR SEASONS DESIGN & REMODELING
“I love that it’s a once-a-year opportunity to see ALL the things and ALL the industry friends. I am looking forward to being face to face with the brands I know and love so we can build stronger partnerships that make doing business a more collaborative experience. I take lots of notes on which products stood out to me in person so that if I get a project they are suited to, I already have a proper expectation of them and how they fit the plan. Photo credit: Ashton Ray Hansen
— GINA D’AMORE BAUERLE, OWNER, D’AMORE INTERIORS
A spotlight on some not-to-miss new and returning brands at KBIS 2024.
Forte Group will feature Italian-designed and Swiss-engineered stainless-steel faucets from MGS.
Photo credit: ©MGS. All rights reserved.
Because of the huge turnout and enthusiastic attendee response at last year’s show, as well as plans to expand the luxury offerings, FORTE GROUP will be exhibiting at KBIS for the first time in 2024. The company will champion independent showrooms and their value to architects, builders and designers by building brand awareness among industry peers and potential customers. Forte Group will feature multiple brands, including Crosswater London, Landmade, MGS, Artelinea, Designer Doorware, Chambord, Oceania and Franz Viegener. Booth N162; fortegroup.com
This kitchen designed by Kerrie Kelly highlights the Hestan Smart Gas Dual-Fuel Range, which allows the user to dial in the perfect temperature and automatically adjusts to maintain that heat. Photo credit: Hestan
HESTAN will be exhibiting at KBIS for the fifth year and will be showing off a new booth concept filled with new product launches. The focus will be on electric offerings and the Hestan Outdoor, Aspire by Hestan and Hestan Home lines. The brand will also host a Sip’n Learn, where designers can enjoy some wine while learning about the products. According to the brand, it is dedicated to developing some of the most high-quality, innovative kitchen appliances on the market and wants visitors to experience it firsthand. Booth W1543; home.hestan.com
Fantini will introduce its O-XY Collection of taps by up-and-coming designer Marco Williams. Photo credit: Fantini
FANTINI is returning to the show for a second time after a five-year hiatus and is looking forward to the energy of the industry coming together in person. The brand will showcase two new additions to its Venezia Collection, featuring a collaboration with Venini and a new collection by up-and-coming designer Marco Williams Fagioli called O-XY. From the Aboutwater by Boffi and Fantini portfolio, the company will introduce AF/21 in a new marble version and three additions by Piero Lissoni, Marcel Wanders and Studio Charlie. Booth N371; fantiniusa.com
Antalia will highlight its Kensington Collection at KBIS 2024. Photo credit: Antalia/Top Form Group
TOP FORM GROUP is a new European exhibitor at KBIS and will be highlighting its Antalia brand of kitchen offerings and its Top Form furniture components. The company has plans to host events at its booth so attendees can see and touch its products and so Top Form can learn more about trends in the North American market. Booth N653; topformgroup.com
The AGA Mercury 480-Inch Induction Rangetop is among the products Middleby Residential will be highlighting at KBIS 2024. Photo credit: Nathan Kirkman Photography
MIDDLEBY RESIDENTIAL is returning to KBIS after much company growth and product expansion since 2017. Now comprised of 18 brands, Middleby is ready to share its story with the K&B industry. The company will share multiple products not available before in the residential market, with a special focus on induction and electrification in the kitchen; it will host a seminar on the latter. Guests to the booth can also enjoy a “Meet the Designer” series. Booth W1601; middleby.com
Concretti Designs will feature its Lania freestanding tub, among many other offerings, at KBIS 2014.
Photo credit: Concretti Design
CONCRETTI DESIGNS is also new to KBIS, and the decision to exhibit was highly influenced by the success of the 2023 show. The company is looking forward to establishing brand awareness and giving attendees an opportunity to see its new products and collections before anyone else. Those offerings will include colorful concrete bathroom sinks and ADA-compliant and overflow options. Concretti Designs will also highlight four designs in its Freestanding Bathtub Collection in varying sizes. Booth N171; concrettidesigns.com
Maestro Bath specializes in hand-made Italian pedestal sinks. Photo credit: Maestro Bath
MAESTROBATH is another new exhibitor and will introduce its newest bathroom collection – Tonino Lamborghini – as well as hand-made Italian pedestal sinks, vanities, faucets, shower systems, accessories and hardware. The brand is planning live product demos at its booth to offer attendees a hands-on experience and an exclusive first look at its luxury product offerings. Booth N271; maestrobath.com
Photo credit: Freepower
Another first time to KBIS is FREEPOWER, which will launch Free-Power for Countertop – an embedded wireless charging solution for any countertop in the home. Visitors to the booth will learn firsthand how to apply this high-tech innovation to residential and commercial projects and integrate it into countertops. Booth N1374; freepower.io
Photo credit: Borrowed Earth Collaborative
BORROWED EARTH COLLABORATIVE is celebrating its second year at KBIS after a highly successful show in 2023. The brand will feature unique and sustainably manufactured surface options in four series for residential and commercial design, including tiles and panels that capture the complexity of natural stone. The Aurum Series features distressed gold/silver foil with ornately carved surfaces. It is available in tiles for vertical applications indoors.
Booth SL8074; borrowedearthcollaborative.com
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